There’s something amazing that happens when you travel. You not only realize the beauty in different cultures, but you can also rejoice in the similarities us humans share. One of these parallels I experienced in Tanzania was the thrill of expressing life through photography.

Although I was not fluent in Swahili, I was able to communicate with the Tanzanians through means other than my words. We talked by taking photographs of each other and making funny faces. We expressed ourselves through high fives, fist bumps, and quiet smiles. We spoke through laughter: the universal language.

One thing that struck me during my journey through Tanzania was the juxtaposition of an ancient way of life and new technology. On the day I took this photo, we stayed at a home where there was no indoor plumbing, yet people had cell phones. For an outsider (me) it seemed strange, but I found it beautiful that communication was one of the cornerstones of their lives.

While this Tanzanian and I might not have said much to each other out loud, through our photographs we expressed the world.


Photographed in Tanzania.

There’s something amazing that happens when you travel. You not only realize the beauty in different cultures, but you can also rejoice in the similarities us humans share. One of these parallels I experienced in Tanzania was the thrill of expressing life through photography.

Although I was not fluent in Swahili, I was able to communicate with the Tanzanians through means other than my words. We talked by taking photographs of each other and making funny faces. We expressed ourselves through high fives, fist bumps, and quiet smiles. We spoke through laughter: the universal language.

One thing that struck me during my journey through Tanzania was the juxtaposition of an ancient way of life and new technology. On the day I took this photo, we stayed at a home where there was no indoor plumbing, yet people had cell phones. For an outsider (me) it seemed strange, but I found it beautiful that communication was one of the cornerstones of their lives.

While this Tanzanian and I might not have said much to each other out loud, through our photographs we expressed the world.


Photographed in Tanzania.

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